文章从2004年12月

56k拨号

在Sabi Sands Game Preserve的Idube Lodge,他们有一台带56k拨号上网功能的电脑。

So no pictures until | get back to civlilization.

We are having a great time and seeing a ton of big game in the wild.  Great fun.

祝大家新年快乐。

我的新年决心

我在博客中写道,博客是一种瘾.  And it certainly can be.

众所周知,我们的在线生活会令人上瘾。

我过去一周离线,离开了我的黑莓手机。

And it feels great.  And when I am done with this post, I am going back to the offline world for a few more days.

My New Year’s resolution is to go offline and stay offline for at least a week every year.

我需要每年从不断的沟通中休息。

海啸

我们已经离线超过一周,并且在将近两周内没有看过报纸。

We heard 亚博体育app下载苹果版 the Tsunami from our mountain biking guide two days ago.

这是个可怕的消息。

所以我决定今天上网和了解它读贾维斯说60,000到100,000可能已经死亡。

I am glad we are missing this disaster.  It’s too terrible to comprehend.

花园大道

We’ve been on the Garden Route for the past week. 

这是南非东部海角的一个令人惊叹的部分,有海滩,森林,山脉,泻湖,野生动植物等等。

We’ve been having too much fun to blog 亚博体育app下载苹果版 it.

如果明天在前往克鲁格进行野生动物园的途中有机场的无线网络,我会发布一些我们一直在做的惊人照片。

真个客舱的

Hpim1211这不是托斯卡纳,虽然看起来很像它。

这是过去几天我们过去的开普酒乡。

这里的葡萄酒很好,有些非常好。

It’s hot here, hotter than the wine growing regions of France and Northern Italy.  It’s closer to the climate of Australia and Southern Italy.

Hpim1202Thus the wines are strong and have more alcholol content.  But the tradition of winemaking comes from the French Hugenots and so the grapes tend to be of the french variety, Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.  They do have their own unique varietal here called Pinotage which was created by mixing Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (Hermitage).  I’ve tried Pinotage three times since I’ve been down here and I have to say I haven’t warmed up to it.  It is fruity up front but kind of smoky on the finish and I don’t love it.

Hpim1203We visited three wineries yesterday and they were all great. 

We really liked the 2003 Chardonnay from a winery called Glen Carlou.   

这张照片是他们品尝阳台的景色。

显然格伦Carlou在美国销售的所以我们试图找到一些当我们回来。

Hpim1209Our favorite was a brand new boutique winery called Lindhorst that just started making wines in 2002.  We bought a case of the 2002 Shiraz and a case of the 2002 Shiraz/Merlot blend.  Both were great.  We also bought a case of the Pinotage to have so we can give others a chance to try this uniquely South African wine.

Here is a picture of Mark Lindhorst giving us a taste of the 2004 Shiraz out of the barrel.  It was pretty good already.  We’ll have to get some of that in a couple years!

你不能Lindhorst现在在美国,但如果你喜欢设拉子,给我发邮件,我会给你马克的电子邮件地址,你可以让他船你一些。

罗宾斯岛

Hpim1165纳尔逊·曼德拉住在这个牢房B区,5号牢房,差不多20年,然后搬到开普敦的另一所监狱,在那里待了几年,然后在90年代初被释放。

我们去了罗本岛和我们旅行,这真是最激动人心的部分。

乘船半小时到港口到岛上,那里植被稀疏,冬天一定要冷。

开普敦的景色很棒,但很难看到它,也不会想到这个观点对于在这个岛上居住多年而没有下车希望的囚犯的看法。

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South Africa is a wonderful country and its frankly hard to reconcile the niceness of the people with the pain and suffering that went on here so recently.  It’s also a reminder that many countries still practice the hate and segregation that South Africa has moved away from.

桌布

在初夏的几个月里,开普敦有一种非常有趣的天气模式。

Helmar,在他对我的评论中到达那里,称之为“Cape Doctor”。

Whatever the name, its this killer wind that comes howling down from Table Top Mountain and the Tweleve Apostles.  It was blowing at least 50 miles an hour here in Camps Bay last night.

When this wind condition develops, a really cool thing happens.  The clouds just sort of hang out on top of the mountain and drift over.  It’s called the "Table Cloth" and we had a great one yesterday over the Twelve Apostles.  Very Cool.

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公驴企鹅

Hpim1134乔希的数学老师告诉他,要确保他在南非之行中看到“驴企鹅”。

这样的一个名字太好通过了一个八岁的男孩,所以我们停止了西蒙斯敦(海军基地开普半岛)看到这些企鹅很酷的名字。

角点

Hpim1101Growing up in history class we all read 亚博体育app下载苹果版 the difficulties that sailors had getting around the Cape of Good Hope, so it was a must visit to see the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula.

It’s a day trip from Cape Town and we did it yesterday. 

It is an impressive sight.  The idea that there is nothing but ocean from this point south to Antarctica is pretty amazing.

It took us 亚博体育app下载苹果版 an hour and a half to drive down there.

Hpim1100我们把这个很酷的火车的东西称为索道缆车,直到最初的灯塔所在的高峰。

And then we walked 亚博体育app下载苹果版 fifteen minutes more to the tip where the new lighthouse is.  The walk down was a breeze and you pass these amazing cliffs.  The walk back up was a bit of an effort, but well worth it.

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昨天每个人的头发都显示出风在Cape Point的风很大。

我们度过了愉快的时光,我会向访问开普敦的人推荐这次旅行。

在南非开车

Hpim1056他们开车在路的左边。

So The Gotham Gal is handling the driving on this vacation. 

I have a problem with rights and lefts.  Always have.